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benefits. >> amanda knox talks about life behind bars and the notes she gets from her italian boyfriend. the war in afghanistan bring it to an end, what one well-regarded expert says. what's the view of the military? good morning. i'm contessa brewer in for alex witt today. welcome to "msnbc sunday." there are heat warnings stretching across the country. health officials say the hot and muggy conditions are potentially dangerous. especially among the vulnerable. the sick, the elderly and the very young. in southern california people are flocking to the beaches. temperatures there soar again into the triple digits. from coast to coast, this is a summer swelter. >> it's awful. it's brutal, but drinking a lot of water and getting -- >> staying cool. >> smoothies. >> been buying lots of bottled water, stepping into places to cool off from the heat, maybe taking the subway a little bit. anywhere where we can get some air conditioning. >> from fire to ice here, wild
weather made parts of minnesota look like a driving range. golf ball sized hail rained down near minneapolis with some chunks as large as 4 inches in diamet diameter. the storm produced two tornados in that state. all right. so let's focus more on the steamy weather that is baking many parts of the country now. nbc's re home ma ellis in new york's central park. triathlon going on in new york city today. form nately started early, but as i understand there's a lot of people who are doing this very intense exercise. that's got to be dangerous in this kind of heat? >> you bet, contessa. it's like a marathon. you have those elite competitors who are in the competition and they start early, they end early and then there are people like me who would be in the back of the line and they would be coming up very late in the morning and late in the afternoon when the heat and the sun are really intense. that's when as you point out, it is excessively dangerous, dangerous where there's a heat advisory in new york city but up and down the east coast, we've
got the same kind of thing going on. temperatures in the 90s, middle and upper 90s while the actual numbers may not sound as threatening in the middle of july, we're told that it is the heat index that can make it feel very miserable. you also point out it's not just here, but other parts of the country, such as in southern california. they've got an excessive heat advisory going on down there. yesterday, they had a temperature of 115 degrees. that's the kind of thing that is really dangerous and people have to make certain that they stay hydrated, that they get in the shade and if they don't have air conditioning they find one of those cooling centers. >> so let's talk a little bit about those who are most vulnerable in this case and i want to remind folks you get the folks in arizona who might be shrugging their shoulders at complaints that it hits 90 or 100 degrees but in many places there's just not a lot of preparation for this kind of heat. who is at -- who is most at risk here? >> well, first of all, it's those who may not be well, those
who are sick. they are most at risk in these kind of temperatures. the very young and the very old. sometimes children won't tell you exactly how bad they feel. i've seen people walking with their babies in chargarriagharg head is covered but the legs are dangling getting hot in the sun. while i'm covered as far as my face my legs are burning up out here. make certain you're watching what's happening with the very young, the very old. we want to make certain too to remind people to check in on those folks who may not be able to get out. you think well, they're inside and being taken care of. but they might need somebody to knock on the door and give them a phone call to make certain that they're okay. >> rehema, thank you. for more on the heat wave and when we might see relief go to the weather channel's heather tesh. give us a sense of wheneight be seeing cooler temperatures. >> it's not going to come for a few days. we still have hot weather coming through here, seeing that in the middle of the country.
a lot will be south of our frontal system. those of you that see the front move through, you will see some relief. the problem is, is this system is a very slow mover and because of that, we're going to find it kind of stuck in the same areas throughout the week. now in addition to the hot weather, i do want to point out we have the threat for severe weather today, that would be along our front, damaging winds, hail, and also the possibility of isolated tornadoes and this threat is going to increase through the day. but here's that hot weather and you can see all of the areas here. we either have an excessive heat warning or heat advisory, basically what they all mean is that it's going to be very hot, very uncomfortable and it is one of those days where you really need to take it easy, either spend your time inside an air conditioning or if you have to be outside drink plenty of water. very hot here through the mid-section of the country. also here in and around indiana you will see the heat. we're finding that in and around new york where those temperatures will be climbing somewhere in the low to mid 90s
for today. so very hot weather is going to continue for us. and it does look like it's going to be around at least for a few days. >> all right. heather, thank you very much. if you would like more weather advisories in the forecast, head to weather.com. a strong earthquake rocked a group of alaskan islands overnight but there are no reports of damage or industry. the 6.7 magnitude quake hit about 155 miles southwest of dutch harbor, a port community about 930 miles west of anchorage. dutch harbor residents reported feeling just a weak shaking and officials say even though it was a pretty strong earthquake there's no tsunami threat. bp is encouraged it may be able to permanently plug the damaged oil well in the gulf without any more crude escaping. the company says it hopes to keep using the current cap until the relief wells have been drilled. since an alternative method would allow more oil to gush into the gulf. but there's still concern that low pressure under the well cap
suggests oil already could be leaking somewhere else along the line. admiral thad allen said after the cap's testing period expires this afternoon, engineers will begin a process once again to siphon oil from the well to tankers on the surface. the testing period for the new cap, as i said, will expire later today. to nbc's charles hadlock in venice, louisiana. they're just watching now -- >> good morning. >> the pressure and to see whether it's still slowly building under that cap? >> that's right. bp gave a technical briefing a couple of hours ago that talked about what they're watching. they're watching the pressure readings and so far they're good. they're stable and climbing. that's the good news. they're also finding that the sonar, the seismic, the temperature readings are all in line with a well that is shut in. meaning that no oil is escaping anywhere in the 13,000-foot pipe at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. that's very good news. the best news we've heard in a very long time in this disaster. the question is, do you keep it
in place? now the coast guard says this is a testing period and bp totally agrees with that. that it is a testing period, but the coast guard also wants to remove the containment cap and go back to a containment system where they're siphoning oil back up to the surface, like we've been watching over the past few months or so. so the obama administration has a critical decision to make. bp says it is willing to keep going with the containment cap. it thinks it's the best measure. they will continue to monitor it hour by hour, day by day, until the relief well is in place and by the way there's good news on that too. the relief well could be that operation could take place perhaps next week around the end of july. that's on schedule. everyone is waiting to see that happen around here. >> all right. thank you very much, charles. > to read more about the disaster recovery in the gulf, head to msnbc.com. the obama family wraps up its brief vacation on the coast
of maine and the president returns to washington today after a weekend retreat full of outdoor activities with his wife and his daughters and yes, bo, the dog, as well. now on the president's past vacations we were lucky if we got more than a passing glance. this time, photographers were given lots of access. nbc's mike viqueira is traveling with the president in bar harbor, maine. here it was a weekend chock full, mike, of rest and relaxation, but back to life, back to reality, and some very big issues on the president's plate this week. >> well, that's absolutely right, contessa. they're down time down east as they call it locally here in maine comes to a close. the president and the first family will be heading to the bar harbor airport shortly and will be aloft back to steamy washington. it seems as they they've had a wonderful time if the pictures are any indication and certainly the setting as you can see is quite beautiful. the president and the first family upon arriving on friday, immediately went to the top of cadillac mountain, took in the
views from 1500 feet. the beautiful surrounding ocean, the coves, little islands that dot the coast here. they had ice cream. they went out on a boat. they've been out to dinner, hiking. went to a 19th century light house yesterday. there was tennis and there was swimming. this is all, we're told, by handlers. we did see a lot on camera which is somewhat unusual. probably owing to the fact it is such a beautiful setting out here and there are so many tourists in this area at this time of year as well with their camcorders as well. the president back to washington. a lot on his plate. tuesday thirs fig, bilateral meeting with the new british prime minister david cameron and wednesday he signs the financial regulatory reform bill, so long in coming and just passed on thursday by the senate giving him a gift, sort of going away gift for his arrival in bar harb harbor. another thing on the president's plate, extending unemployment benefits and passing a war supplemental, something that's having a great deal of problems in congress. you know, it's an indication of
how volatile the debt, 13 tlts has become. if they cannot pass an unemployment extension, this is something business as usual. one democrat in the senate has been voting against it, several democrats in the house. it is an election year and everything has to be seen through the prism of the november elections and democrats now scared, it's been well documented over the last week since robert gibbs conceded it on "meet the press" last sunday the house is in danger for democrats. they could lose the majority they won only four years ago. >> with the approval ratings even for president obama sort of plummeting on the economy, that is issue number one and issue no doubt the president and democrats will be eager to tackle once the president's vacation ends. mike, thanks. banks can no longer hit you with those big overdraft fees at the atm, but it doesn't mean they're not trying to find new ways to make a buck. those extra charges sorry to tell you this, could actually hit those who have been good customers and don't have
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the democrats in for a tough election battle heading toward november and the guy in charge of the re-election efforts in the house has a warning about november's election. congressman chris man hollen says if republicans regain control of the house, they could use their subpoena power to grind washington to a halt. he tells the huffington post we saw the kind of abuses republicans took with subpoena power during the clinton years. it's certainly part of the picture america should look at when voting and the congressman joins me now. the chair of the democratic campaign committee and represents maryland's 8th district. good to see you today, representative. >> good to be with you. >> when we're talking about gridlock in washington aren't we seeing that already?
it doesn't matter whether the house has a true majority or not, the fact is in the senate republicans have enough votes to grind washington to a halt. >> there's no doubt republicans in the senate are working every day to try to block that agenda, despite their efforts we've been able to pass some very important legislation. this tuesday, for example, the president will sign the wall street accountability legislation. the thing i think people need to understand is if given the chance, what republicans would do, and john boehner, the republican leader, just said last week he would work to repeal the wall street reform bill. we know what happened last time when the republicans were in charge with respect to the subpoena power. instead of focusing on the issuissu issues of the country they focused on the impeachment of bill clinton. there's a lot the american people need to think about and what it will mean for the economy and jobs. >> well, let me just ask you, if
the republicans are voted back into the majority come november, wouldn't you take that as a clear indication that the democrats who have had an opportunity now for several years, have not done a good job convincing the american public they deserve to be in power? >> well, contessa, i'm absolutely confident that the democrats will be in the majority and the reason i'm confident is that if you look at polls, most recently "the washington post" /abc poll, you see that more americans are dissatisfied and not confident about republican leadership in washington than about democratic leadership in washington. in other words, they have greater confidence in the democrats in congress than the republicans on the key issues. >> not by much. >> well, by six points and it shouldn't be surprising because it's fairly fresh in the voters minds what the economic policies the republicans brought us did to the country. >> even when you look at this -- but when you look at this new "time" magazine survey, most of the respondents you had about
half, 49% or so, who said yes, we approve of the job the president is doing. about half who said they disapprove. on the economy, 45% said they approve of the job that president obama is doing. those are for -- right now the most popular politician in american politics. >> there's no doubt because the economy remains soft and a lot of people remain out of work, people are not satisfied with where the economy is. i'm not satisfied, the democrats in krungs not -- in congress are not satisfied. as we were discussing on "meet the press" with some of our republican colleagues the question is where do we go from here and the fact of the matter is, that the economic policies of the bush years ended up after eight years creating not a single private sector job. we are now finally creating jobs, we've had six months of positive job creation in the private sector. we're still not where we want to be, but the question for voters is, do you really want to go back to the same policies that created the mess to begin with
or do you want to continue to dig ourselves out of this hole? that's the choice voters are going to be facing and when they go into that voting booth, there are two candidates and we're just saying to the voters, make sure you understand what the different candidates stand for on these big issue shoo you told me you're confident that won't be the case, the democrats will remain in the majority. if you're so confident why the dire warning? >> it's important people know what's at stake. in other words, if this election we know we've got a challenge. i mean the fact of the matter is, the democrats have picked up 55 seats over the last two elections in swing territories. so i and others have said at the dccc, this is going to be a hotly contested race. no doubt about that. but at the end of the day, we know that american people will face that choice that i talked about and we saw a trial run of that choice in a special election recently in pennsylvania 12 and all the
republican pundits said, that's exactly the kind of seat that they have to win if they're going to be able to run the table in november. this is the open jack murtha seat. the fact of the matter is the democratic candidate focused on jobs, the economy, the republicans did a trial run of their playbook for november and they crashed. they lost decisively. so it was a clear indication that the people of this country want candidates that are going to focus on the issues that matter to them. >> congressman, speaking of the issues that matter, i mean, the president and democrats have tackled some very big issues. you have health care reform, extended jobless benefits again and again, you just passed financial regulatory reform which the president plans to sign into law this week. is there any sense that the house democrats supported some very progressive legislation that then got diluted because of the senate battle in order to get, for instance, the main senators on board or the like? is there a sense that going back to those constituents for the
house districts and trying to sell this neutered progressive legislation is going to be a big problem come november? >> well, i disagree with your characterization of the legislation. the wall street reform legislation is a solid piece of legislation. it was fought hand -- you know, it was fought aggressively by the wall street lobbyists and what's interesting is the republican leader john boehner says elect us and we'll repeal that. that bill is a strong piece of legislation. >> the former s.e.c. chief says it doesn't do anything. they said it would have been better to put paul volcker, dictator in chief, than watch the lobbyists new ter the financial bill. >> i can tell you the wall street lobbyists are not happy with this piece of legislation and why they continue to fight so hard and our republicans colleagues voted against it. they're not saying they voted against it because it was too
weak. they voted against it because they claim it went too far. we think it's a good piece of legislation to prevent the economy from ever being held hostage again to bad bets on wall street. so those are the kind of issues that our members will be fighting on the campaign trail and if the voters want to repeal the wall street accountability bill, then they can support the republicans. if they want to make sure that we never again allow taxpayers to be on the hook for bad debts and bets and gambling on wall street i think they'll support the approach we've taken. >> congressman chris van hollen, i appreciate it. >> good to be with you. >> we invite you to watch "meet the press" with congressman van hollen and his republican counterpart and senate colleagues today looking forward to the november races. check your local listings for time and channel. "meet the press" airs later today on msnbc, that's 2:00 p.m. eastern time. we'll see some important indicators on where the economy is headed, watch for the numbers where consumers are spending
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is reporting this morning. the daily mail says gibson sold his new york mansion at a cut rate, selling his california home. the paper claims gibson is telling friends he's moving back to australia where he grew up after the age of 12. more into this, alicia coral is the entertainment editor for the associated press. good to see you. >> good to see you as well. >> his greenwich home went for $24 million, much less than the asking price. is he just washing his hands of all of this. >> according to the daily mail we haven't confirmed it. one of the tapes where it's allegedly him he says to oksana, i've had to sell my lakers tickets. according to him, if it's him, he has some financial troubles. >> there are pending court troubles that may not allow for him to throw it all in and move away. >> he's in the middle of a bitter custody battle. there might be criminal charges which have not been filed but by all accounts his woman was beaten up. he may not be able to run back
to australia. >> lindsay low hahn definitely has legal issues. she hired robert shapiro, in rehab right now she has to go to jail. tuesday lindsay will be in jail. >> what are you expecting to see in terms of press crush? >> a spectacle, an absolute spectacle. we'll be out there covering, i'm sure msnbc but then all the bloggers in l.a. so it's going to be a scene. >> there's one other celebrity story i want to get to, like deja vu for paris hilton. >> paris hilton. >> cannot stay out of trouble. apparently in corsica was detained reportly for having marijuana. she tweeted i'm on vacation i didn't get arrested. who knows with her. >> at any rate, charges if they had been filed were dropped. she's not in any serious legal problems. again, just like the world cup, what's going on? >> thank you. nice to see you. >> a trip to the hospital never anybody's idea of a good time, but a new report suggests july is worse than any other month for going to the hospital.
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good sunday. i'm contessa brewer. american student amanda nox is speaking out from behind bars. she insists she's innocent and wants to clear her name. knox is serving a 25-year sentence in an italian prison for the murder of her british roommate and been opening up to an italian magazine. nbc's keir simmens is in london with more. what's amanda knox saying about her situation? >> i think she's chosen her words carefully. she knows she [ inaudible ] opinion certainly back home and in italy and the uk where she's in prison and here in jail i have understood that sometimes bad things happen to good people. i am in a situation i can't explain and at times do not understand. it's as if it's happening to someone else. she also reveals that she is still in contact with her then boyfriend raffaele sollecito,
who is also in prison for murder. she says we have ended our surreal affair and still don't understand. the affection remains from the love we have. she talks about the appeal she has coming up in october and says she's trying not to get too hopeful. she says the greatest danger is to get too hopeful. >> keir, thank you very much. appreciate that. >> it's a pleasure. a new poll suggests americans feel the president is a go ahead leader. they just don't like where he's taking us. "time" magazine says 49% of americans approve of the job the president is doing in office, 45% disapprove. in that same poll just 39% of americans said the country is heading in the right direction. 56% say we're on the wrong track. ab stodsdards an associate editor and columnist with the hill newspaper. good to see you on this sunday. >> good to see you.
>> why all the pessimism? >> we're in a very tough economy and we're not getting indications of late that things are going to get better soon. we have nearly 18% of american workers either unemployed or under employed, housing market is not good, auto sales not good, manufacturing not good, consumer confidence way down. the indicators are bad. 18 months in, you saw president obama's approval ratings really hold pretty close to his election percentage of 53. in the 50% range for a while. in this poll he still has more favorable than unfavorable. in many recent polls you see his approval ratings, upside down, more disappointed in him than approving of his job so far. it's been a year and a laugh and i think people have decided they don't see the economy improving and holding him accountable now. he can blame his predecessor, but they think that he's put a bunch of policies in place, including nearly $800 billion
stimulus package that they don't think improved the employment situation and they're blaming him. >> when you look at this poll, the "time" magazine poll, you are seeing those upside down numbers especially when it comes to handling of the economy, only 44% approve, 53% disapprove. it's like those approval/disapproval numbers have flipped when it comes to the economy. specifically and that's the issue that's driving the pessimism. also if you ask people just about the economy and where you think it is, according to the "time" magazine and those who responded, 1% say excellent, 52% say the economy is in poor condition. you can have the president putting the blame at the foot of george w. bush his administration and republicans but the truth of the matter is, there's a lot of resentment right now about t.a.r.p. and the bailing out of big banks seen as helping out wall street instead of helping out main street. a lot of questions about how stimulus has been spent and whether it has just gone to
fatten up government roles as opposed to creating environments where people can innovate. >> right. that's the problem he faces now is t.a.r.p., although it was signed in the previous administration, created this, you know, this fatigue with spending so by the time the stimulus package rolled around, actually by the time he signed it, contessa, approval for stimulus was down to something like 45% and the american public is disappointed in the effects and results they see from the stimulus package. now they see that corporate leaders are holding on to what we're being told is $1.8 trillion in cash they're not spending in hiring new workers, and that is a result of what they say is so much new regulation, such an atmosphere of uncertainty in the business world, because of obama's policies. so there's now this direct tie where corporate america, big businesses, telling us this administration has hindered growth and the administration is fighting to counter this, but it
really is now -- that's why he owns the economy in these polls more and more. it's 18 months in and you see the reaction from the people who have the money to hire who say we can't do this right now because of the policies he's put in place. >> he's coming back and congress is expected to tackle jobless benefits extension once again. there may be credit if there's spending fatigue or blame for those -- the law makers who stood in the way of getting jobless benefits extended. thanks. >> thanks. senator john mccain squared off with his republican challenger in a televised debate last night. senator mccain took aim at his main rival j.d. heyworth miking hayworth for his appearance in an infomercial where he's pitching free government grants. >> how can you call yourself a conservative when you tell people to pay thousands of dollars for a seminar so they can get free money? >> if john had told the truth about barack obama the way he's spreading falsehoods about me john would be president right now. >> he entered the raise in
february as a formidable rival to mccain. he has a microphone every day a radio show. the latest poll shows hayworth trailing mccain by a whopping 45 points. the third candidate here, businessman jim decon is far behind, has just 5% of the support right now. >> nato officials say they have busted a would-be terror plot against a major international conference in afghanistan. tuesday secretary of state hillary clinton will join officials from 60 nations in the afghan capital. the conference comes amid growing questions about the war and the stress put on the american military. let's bring in retired general barry mccaffrey, an msnbc military analyst. when you're looking at an attempted terror plot against an international conference in kabul, it's obvious the terrorists think this is a pretty important meeting. >> yeah. no question. i think it would have been -- represented to them to gain international attention. kabul is not safe.
the heckmeyer group and taliban down south have penetrated to conduct multiple suicide attacks. things are heating up in afghanistan. i'm sure this represented a real opportunity for them to conduct a terror strike. thankfully it was exposed and has been thwarted. >> we had a briefing here at nbc with the head of operations in afghanistan about a month or so ago who was talking about the fact that the military has recognized that it won't be military operations alone that create a stable secure situation in afghanistan, that there's got to be this sort of diplomatic cooperation and partnership with the local leaders, the tribal leaders and in some cases that means not necessarily the central government in kabul, but you have richard haas again who's the head of the council on foreign relations saying, this is coming out in "newsweek," that the war in afghanistan is not worth fighting for. he says the time has come to scale back u.s. objectives and sharply reduce involvement on the ground in afghanistan
because it's claiming too many lives. 103 international troops killed in june. 54, including 39 americans in july. is richard haas right, general? >> he's very respected, experienced, thoughtful person, now head of the council on foreign relations. his voice, his opinion will count for a lot. look, contessa, the bottom line is this war doesn't have support of the american people. it's unlikely we can wrap it up in a short term. it's $5.4 billion a month. it's going to cost us hundreds of months, killed and wounded, u.s. and nato forces. this is a tough sell. we could pull this off but time is the key variable and that's what i think many observers are suggesting we don't have. the american people won't sustain an endless campaign. >> i can see that war fatigue on the part of the american people. i guess my concern, general, is if we pull out, when we get our
troops back safe and sound the ones who have managed to escape dire consequences in afghanistan, do you still have the situation remaining in afghanistan where there are try terrorists who mean to do america harm and allows them a chance to regroup, reconvene and plot their sinister plans? >> that's the dilemma that the administration faces. in the short term, the consequences of cutting off our involvement in afghanistan will be just catastrophic. we got 45 other nations in there with us as allies. sebastian younger on "meet the press" a couple weeks ago, pointed out 19,000 civilians killed during the so-called american nato intervention. 400,000 murdered during the area of the taliban. if we came out suddenly in a year or so, we should anticipate millions of refugees, violent war, and probably we'd see afghanistan again becoming a platform for international
terrorism. >> all right. general barry mccar fri good to see you today, thank you. >> good to be with you. with temperatures soaring coast to coast not only feels like hottest year on record but scientists say it may actually be so. be right back. [ engine turns over ] [ armstrong ] in 20 years of cycling, even when i was ahead, i was always behind. ♪ behind cars... behind trucks... behind those guys... tailpipe... [ clucking ] ...after tailpipe after tailpipe...
we're looking at temperatures that are not only hot, they are dangerously so and not just in one region of the country, but, in fact, from coast to coast. government experts say the first six months of this year have been hottest since they began keeping records in 1880. so what's going on? let's ask the president and founder of global for signs and a conservation biologist at cal lutheran university. i don't know if you can sort of
boil it down into one quick answer, but why is it so darn hot? >> well, when mother earth is getting warm we're burning a lot of fossil fuels and what we're looking at now is the arctic and ice. we're missing 498,000 square miles of ice in june, and get this, each day, 34,000 square miles or the area of maine in june melted. the ice, contessa, is super important because it reflects the incoming radiation and mother earth is getting warm at night. >> all right. so the skeptics will say, these kinds of things are cyclical. the cautious, a lot of the forecasters, weather forecasters, will say when you get a hot period you can't necessarily turn around and look at climate change as the answer for why it's so hot.
but you're saying, no, indeed, you can. >> yeah. well, you know, we're getting warmer and what we've got to look at is what's happening on the ground and the farmers, the corn farmers now are faced with big problems because this is pollenization month and hot, dry weather means the yields are going down and dairy farmers, the cattle aren't eating as much, that means they're not producing as much milk and it means they have to be buying feed so i'm trying to bring it back down to the ground here and it's tough all over the nation. >> and the other thing is, i mean in new york, we have had an especially dry summer to say nothing of hot, the trees, you can see the leaves curling in on themselves. i saw a ton of grasshoppers up in the country and wells, people who are on well water, their wells are running dry. is there this widespread impact of the heat and months or weeks not having any rain?
>> yeah, sure, there is across the nation and certainly the southern half of america is dry. water is really important. but you know, the other thing with rising temperatures, is we're getting -- we're seeing more ferocity of storms. like, for instance, the grand ole opry, a couple months ago, was under a truck load of water and that was a one in 1,000 year event. if we dial all the way down to the amazon basin, they had a storm there, contessa, that was 620 miles long, 124 miles wide, and it wiped out, snapped or uprooted at least a half a billion trees. >> wow. and when you're talking about clearing rain forests and the problem of clear-cutting, here is mother nature doing it in one swoop. thank you very much for putting some of this into perspective. >> thank you. if you do your banking on-line, bank of america is looking to grab your business.
the bank is about to launch a checking account that customers access on line. and only on line. so if you have this account and you want face time with your teller or if you want a paper statement, it will cost you. joining me now is erin task, a wall street correspondent for yahoo! tech ticker. is this the way banks will make money since they can't tack on overdraft fees for those who don't want overdraft protection anyway. >> you hit the nail on the head. the reform last week signed banks can't charge us overdraft fees, can't jack up your rate from 3% to 30% overnight. they're trying to find other creative ways to raise revenue and this is one of them. >> my friend melissa francis who works at cnbc, pointed out moving forward what you may see is people who were in the past great customers, never overdrew their bank accounts with credit cards, never went over their limit, paid on time, all of a sudden they're going to get hit with fees now too. >> i think there's going to be a
backlash against that. i understand the idea if people who are, you know, if they overcharge or if they write a check, they can't afford, there should be some fee there. for those of us who do things the right way for the banks that charge us, does seem unfair, it seems to go against the whole point of this great reform we had with the consumer financial protection agency and those things to protect us from predatory practices. >> why would anybody choose that kind of account from bank of america? >> my checking account doesn't have any fees associated with it. i can bank on-line. if i want a paper statement i can get one. if i want to go to the teller i can get one and don't pay a fee. >> i can't imagine why anyone would choose that. i have a checking account with a small bank in new jersey if i use my debit card a certain number of times a month, pay bills on-line, they give me a higher yield on my checking account. it's great they give me a benefit. i have a feeling the reverse will be happening at banks if you don't do a certain number of things or use your atm card too many times they're going to start to charge you.
they have to make up for lost revenue they can't do on these overdraft fees. >> are these the big banks? there are so many options, there are credit unions you can go to now, small community banks, there's so many options, competitive options, that customers don't like all the tacked on fees they can take their business elsewhere. >> what the big banks are counting on the fact that most of us don't want to go through the hassle of changing our accounts from another bang. i still bank at bank of america, i have a mortgage with them, they make it easy for me. if they start to charge me for what i consider normal banking i might move. but, you know, it's a hassle, paperwork and all that stuff. >> and especially if it's linked to your -- how you pay your utilities or your cable bill. >> my bill pay. their websites are better than the small bank websites. >> aaron, good to talk to you. thank you. >> an unusual trial in florida just ended. a woman found not guilty of trying to kill her husband. here's the thing. she has to go back on trial
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is july the worst month of the year for you to get care at a hospital? one author thinks so explaininging among many issues the inexperience of new staff contributes to a decline in proper medical care. via skype, patricia terrorry, author of "you bet your life the ten mistakes every patient makes how to fix them to get the health care you deserve." july a bad month for hospitals? >> it really is. if you think about it when you started your first new job you didn't know what you were doing, had training, your college education but it was all new and different and in a hospital, it's particularly confusing, especially when you get into wards that have emergencies, the emergency room, or a heart ward, so definitely. it's a little more dangerous in
july. >> so july, is it because people are on vacation, you have experienced doctors taking time off, and the residents and interns filling in for the more experienced doctors? >> absolutely. well you know, i think hospitals staff as well as they can but like any of us, july, august, the summer months are times we do want to take off. and so yes, you have all of a sudden a new group of interns just like in any business, where you have interns there, inexpensive help, learning the job and replacing some of the better experienced doctors. >> you have a study which shows in the 62 million hospital deaths taking place from 1979 to 2006 there was a 10% increase in deaths in july because of drug errors during the teach hospitals. is the drug problem the prescription problem, much greater than say if you are booking an operation or you have an emergency operation?
>> yes. definitely. that study was done at uc san diego and they studied 62 million deaths over the span of 1979 to 2006. and what they discovered was where there were teaching hospitals in particular, where new residents and interns were starting to work, they were prescribing drugs early. now the cleveland clinic did a study, it showed not the same correlation with surgeries and we can only assume that's because new doctors are allowed to prescribe but not really performing surgeries just yet. >> have you had a personal experience with this sort of inexperience or problems at the hospitals in july? >> yes, absolutely did. my whole career now is based on the fact that i suffered a really bad misdiagnosis in the summer of 2004. i was told i had a terminal cancer and, in fact, i had no cancer at all. i've never had any form of treatment six years later. part of the problem was i had this biopsy done and studied by new doctors and they came to this conclusion that i had this rare cancer and then sent that
conclusion on to another lab that simply conquered and that all took place from the 30th of june until the 14th of july. >> if you were in the position of anybody else who is looking at july, what's the -- because obviously if you get sick or you have an accident, you don't really get a choice about when you get sick or when you're in an accident. what's your advice? >> well, that's absolutely true, contessa. we don't have a choice when we get sick or have to go into the hospital so the best thing to do is to have someone by your side. you really need an advocate with you, whether it's a family member who isn't afraid to step up and confirm that you're getting the right drug or make sure that somebody's washing their hands or get a private patient advocate, someone you hire. there are a number of them out there, several hundred across the country. >> also it's probably best if you get your bossy big sister because they're the best at telling the nurses you didn't watch your hands, you're not allowed to touch my sister. thanks a lot. i appreciate that. >> thank you.